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For Immediate Release

Producer Robert Galinsky Premiere’s Songs from

COFFEE The Musical

At the 6th Annual NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL

Featuring Live Performance by Jodi Katz!

February 19-20, 2011

January 26, 2011 – New York, NY.  Starfish Junction Productions, producer of the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC, announced earlier this week that the 6th Annual Coffee And Tea Festival being held in New York City on February 19 & 20, 2011 will host live songs from “COFFEE The Musical” (a work in progress). The Festival will be held at 7 W, 7 West 34th Street, New York, NY  10001.  The event is open to the public and the trade.  www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com.

As seen on the Food Network’s hit show Unwrapped and selected as one of the “10 Best New York Events” April 2009, by www.10best.com, “the Coffee And Tea Festival is a celebration of everything related to coffee and tea,” said Lynda Calimano, Event Producer.  “It is quite a unique show in that it is open to the public and the trade”, she added.

Coffee the musical (http://www.coffeethemusical.wordpress.com) will be a featured exhibitor at the 6th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival and Jodi Katz will be singing the opening song of “Coffee” at the festival! New York producer Robert Galinsky is currently developing “Coffee The Musical”, with music produced by Mark Ruekberg and Willie Wisely. Jodi Katz, recently returned from touring her second year as a lead vocalist/dancer for The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s North American Tour. Jodi has entertained thousands on teens and tweens, headlining the US tour of Kidz Bop World Tour! As a backup performer she has shared the stage with artists such as Bianca Ryan, Miley Cyrus, Josh Groban and has performed on “The Martha Stewart Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “LIVE! With Regis and Kelly.”

The Festival’s programming highlights include topics as varied as coffee cupping & tasting, afternoon tea etiquette, making tea cocktails, and incorporating coffee into your favorite recipes.  Featured exhibitors include: Melitta, Tavalon Tea, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Jalima Coffee, Fang Gourmet Tea, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, TeaClassics, Aroma Espresso Bar, Hancha Tea, Coffee Lab Roasters, Montauk Beverage Works, Runa, Joe’s Coffee House, QTrade Teas, Entenmann’s Coffee, World Green Tea Association, and the Tea Association of the U.S.A.

New for 2011:  The Ultimate Barista Challenge is an action packed competition where baristi compete in a dueling stage of identical espresso stations hoping to be crowned the Ultimate Barista.  “A little bit Iron Chef and a little bit American Idol, it is fun and captivating for the baristi and audience members alike,” said Sherri Johns, creator of the Ultimate Barista Challenge international competition.  “We are absolutely thrilled to be featured at the Coffee and Tea Festival of New York. The coffee community there is buzzing.  I am so impressed with local roasters and baristi.  We should see a great challenge,” added Johns.

A General Admission $20 all-day-pass includes Festival programming and sampling. Goodie bags, sponsored by ING Direct Café, will be distributed to the first 1500 attendees each day. The event will help raise funds and awareness for Cup for Education, a non-profit group that provides help to the poor rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America.  http://www.CupForEducation.org

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the event website: www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com.  The event is sponsored in part by www.CoffeeAndTeaNewsletter.com

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